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Saturday Division Setback

posted Feb 27, 2019, 12:39 PM by stephen wall
Late interest from two new teams looks too late to save the League's Saturday division from dying.

Donnington Wood and Wrockwrdine Wood were prepared to sign up to a new format of four singles matches and two doubles that league officers had proposed to try and keep it going, meaning clubs would only need a minimum of four bowlers to compete.

But the withdrawal of reigning champions Sinclair just before the deadline - following on from Shifnal, Trench and Sir John Bayley - means officers are short of their six team target to make Saturday action viable to carry on.

The lack of positive response before the set deadline will be relayed to member clubs at Tuesday's March executive meeting at the Bayley Club, which follows an EGM already called for clubs to decide on whether to reduce fixtures in Monday's three divisions to 10-a-side from 12.

Only four years ago the eight-a-side Saturday set-up was so popular it had two divisions, but in 2018 just seven clubs competed after the late withdrawal of Donnington Wood.